Happy New Year and welcome to the first day of our 2016 Page Per Day Challenge! Those of us who are participating in the Challenge will use one page every day in a dated day per page planner or undated notebook to write, draw, journal, or whatever you like, every day for an entire year.
I hesitate to call it a Challenge really, because the point isn’t to be rigorous. It will create discipline in daily writing, and if you’ve been trying to get into the journaling habit this will definitely help.
But the real point of the project is to have a book that will be your constant companion, and on each day’s page you can capture whatever you like. Your daily page is a great landing place for quotes, ideas, numbers, sketches, charts, little messages to yourself, journal entries, anything at all. The result will be an excellent record of your entire year.
The reason it’s specifically one page per day is to create limits. If you expect to do a lot of journaling every day, you’ll quickly burn out. Limiting yourself to just one page every day is doable. The flip side of the coin is, committing to an entire page every day will encourage you to capture little things you might not otherwise have thought were important enough to put on the page.
Everyone uses their daily page a little differently. In this post you can see how I use my daily pages (I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now). In Karen’s recent post you can see how she plans to use her daily pages. This post will give you more ideas on what to write or capture every day.
It’s your book, you can do whatever you like. You can use your day pages differently every day if you want to. Sometimes you can be serious, sometimes you can be fun. It’s completely up to you.
If you are intimidated by writing in a new book, read this post and remember: a planner or notebook is in its imperfect form when it’s empty.
You can see all of the posts related to the Page Per Day Challenge from the link in the sidebar, or click here. In that collection there are lots of ideas for what to write each day (a novel one page at a time, lists, keeping a journal as a fictional character, etc.), posts to help you decide whether to use a dated page per day planner or an undated notebook, and more. There will be more posts throughout the year so check back often!
We have a Facebook group for folks doing the Page Per Day Challenge so be sure to join!
Also throughout the year I’ll be looking for people to show us how you are using your pages in your book. Everyone loves to see how others use their pages, to get ideas for themselves. If you would like to be featured on the blog (in exchange for a Quo Vadis product of your choice as a thank you gift!) please contact me at Laurie (at) Exaclair (dot) com. I hope lots of people will sign up to be featured!
Welcome to this journey. We are all traveling along together. I look forward to spending this year with you!
Are you participating in the Challenge? Please post a comment!